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Date: 12 May 2020     

News: High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant

The High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant is a small grant scheme aimed at supporting new groups that have responded to the current COVID-19 pandemic or existing groups that have been directly impacted by the Coronavirus.

The Health and Wellbeing Partnership in the High Peak is a core strategic group that comprises representatives from a wide range of organisations to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across the High Peak. A sub group of the Health and Wellbeing Partnership has been developed which is looking at ways to develop and encourage social connectedness across the High Peak. 

How much can you apply for?

Up to £500  

Who can apply?

Any voluntary/community groups or local people within the High Peak area who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community during the pandemic are eligible to apply for funding.

For example, your group might be a neighbourhood watch, mutual aid, a social group, a self-help group or another type of community group that provides help and support.

We want to hear from people who’d like to make a difference to their community.  Whether you are a formal group with working rules or a group of neighbours that have got together to support your local community, please think about applying. Speak with HPCVS for advice and if the application is successful they can support you to deliver your project.      

Grants that support the following High Peak Connect focus areas will be prioritised but all applications will be considered:

 Supporting Expectant or New Families

 Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

 Supporting Children and Young People

We are aware of the restrictions and pressures COVID-19 has had on small groups and organisations and we want this grant to help where it’s needed. We are willing to consider supporting groups with CORE costs and operational expenditure where appropriate where evidence is provide that proves this will help the immediate and long term sustainability of the group.

What do you need to show on your application form?

 Information on what you will deliver with the grant money. This needs to be specific about what you plan to do and what you will spend the money on.

 Evidence of how the project meets the needs of people in your community. This can be as simple as having a list of people already waiting to get involved in the project.

 How you will know if your project has been successful. For example, what impact do you expect the project to have on people in your local community?

 How the project will contribute towards one or more of the High Peak Connect Priorities.

 How your project/group will continue to benefit local people into the future.

Monitoring and Evaluation

As a condition of funding all successful applicants will be expected to complete a short End of Project Report on the impact of their project.  This will be provided with the Decision Letter if you are successful and will provide guidance on the type of information we are looking for.  This report must be returned to High Peak CVS at the end of the funded project/activity and demonstrate that the funding was used for the purpose it was intended.  This information will allow High Peak Connect to assess the impact and overall effectiveness of projects for future funding.


Completed application forms (with all supporting documentation) should be submitted to High Peak CVS as detailed in the application form. There is no deadline but the funding is restricted so will close when it has been fully allocated.

A small grant panel comprising of representatives from High Peak CVS, Public Health and another Partnership member will meet on a regular basis to make decisions on the applications.

If you are a formal constituted group or a group with working rules payment will be made to the successful applicants via cheque or BACS within 2 weeks of the panel’s meeting.  If you are not a formal constituted group or a group with working rules High Peak CVS will reimburse you for receipted expenditure or process invoices on your behalf.

On completion of the project, successful applicants will be required to submit their End of Project Report. The grant scheme will be administered by High Peak CVS.

Applications should be returned to:High Peak CVS via email to Donna Wren:

High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant - Application Form May 2020

High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant - Guidance Notes 2020

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News: Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grants Scheme

The Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grant Scheme is open for applications from small groups for funds to cover running costs.

Download the Small Grant application form and guidance notes

During these COVID19-affected times, there will be no closing date for applications.  Derbyshire Voluntary Action will aim to get back to you with a decision within two weeks of receipt of your form.  The maximum amount you can apply for is £1,000, but grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £500-£600.  Derbyshire Voluntary Action will pause or close applications if necessary.

Be aware that groups can only receive funds from this scheme once in any 12 month period - therefore if you have previously received a Derbyshire Voluntary Action Small Grant you have to wait a year before applying again.  Contact them if you are unsure when you last received a Small Grant.

If you are applying for the first time and new to Derbyshire Voluntary Action complete the membership and database forms at:

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News: Warm and Safe Homes Advice

National Energy Action is the leading fuel poverty and energy efficiency charity with a free support service providing advice to vulnerable householders living in England on their energy bills and keeping warm and safe in their home.

What is on offer

  • Telephone/online support for householders and case workers
  • Supported e-learning for frontline staff

They can help you with

  • Warm Home Discount and Priority Service Register information
  • Support with gas and electricity accounts including fuel debt
  • Switching suppliers
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Trust fund applications
  • Water rates
  • Benefits advice and income maximisation
  • Information for frontline workers on current advice agency and fuel supplier support for customers in relation to Covid-19

Or email or call  0800 304 7159

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News: Reuben's Retreat

Reuben's Retreat provides emotional and practical support to families and individuals for as long as needed.

Whilst working remotely, their team will be supporting 143 beneficiary families.

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